Halle Berry’s Baby’s Name Has Deep Meaning

Halle Berry attends a movie premiere

Ten short months ago, Halle Berry thought a second baby wasn’t in the cards, but now she’s mama times two! Halle Berry and her husband, French actor Olivier Martinez, both 47 years old, welcomed their new son on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Although the couple’s publicist stayed mum on any other details surrounding the birth, the most important detail has been leaked—the baby’s name! Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez chose Maceo-Robert Martinez, a name with deep meaning for the couple.

What’s in a name? The moniker Maceo-Robert has ties to family roots, and according to the source, was a perfect pick for a child who will spend time in U.S. and France (the transatlantic couple have homes in both countries.) The name Maceo has origins in Hebrew, Italian and Spanish, and means “gift of God” – especially appropriate considering the bundle of joy was a complete surprise for the couple. Heard mostly in Spanish- and Italian-speaking countries, Maceo is a form of Matthew. TMZ.com, who first reported the baby’s name, said the name was popular in the 9th through 14th centuries. Robert was chosen in homage to Olivier’s father, Robert Martinez, of a professional boxer who lives in Spain.

Although Maceo is an unusual boy’s name, I love that it has a powerful meaning to the family. Halle Berry’s first child, 5-year-old daughter Nahla, also has a name of Hebrew origin; her middle name, Ariela, means “lion for God.” At least we know Halle’s kids won’t have a classroom full of Maceos and Nahlas!